Presenters: Tear Down This Wall of Separation
Very often I wrestle with this question—
Should I use PowerPoint or thoughtful story that makes a point?
PowerPoint looks cool, but at what price?
It can be a distraction; and less of any clarification,
But somehow I always end up using it.
It begs the question why?
Is it because everyone is using it?
Perhaps, I want to come across as cool as everyone else.
The more I learn from very informed communicators,
The more I see we short-change ourselves with PowerPoint!
The PowerPoint slides become the fourth wall
It milks away all the oxygen you need to come alive!
And you are left standing there like a zombie
Pacing around the stage like a chimp in cage
Next time you present, stop and think
If PowerPoint is not going to increase your connection,
If you choose to tell a story, get up close
Talk with them, not at them and not through the slides.
Share an idea, a story and make a point.
That is why I think it is time to tear down this fourth wall!
And just be human again!
Here is one Robert McKee, the guru screenwriting instructor says.